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    11-23-2012, 04:30 PM
Talking Critique my show horse

Trouble has been competing locally and at USHJA recognized shows for years doing 3'-3'.3" showjumping.

I have been training dressage with him for years and he is a solid second level horse but he can perform more advanced movements like tempi changes.

He has sorted cows before in competition and always placed in the top three.

We barrel raced years ago and did very well as well against NBHA horses that compete for money.

We have shown low hunters for years doing very well in the local circuits

This year we are going to be doing equitation, handy hunters, showmanship, and overo halter at the PtHA shows.

He does hunter paces and once a week we do a endurance ride with a client who professionally trains for endurance and he keeps up.

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    11-23-2012, 08:34 PM
Green Broke
He has a good shoulder on him
Sufficient depth through the girth
Short, thick neck but it does not look too bad on him
Front legs seem ok
Back, I think, is borderline long but not bad
Very nice hindquarters in my opinion
I think his back legs would be correct as well, were he standing perfectly square
Overall, a very nice horse
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    11-23-2012, 09:58 PM
I'm trying to sweat his neck 5x per week. I'm wondering at this point if it will even help because it feels like solid muscle to me.
    11-24-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
I would not bother to sweat his neck. He is what he is. He is a bit long in the back but has a nice shoulder with the point of shoulder set correctly high so the Humerus lays at a good angle. This allows hgim to pull his knees level and tuck over a fence.

He has good bone. Pasterns are a bit short but if he has stayed sound jumping a good bit, then it is not important. Hocks are a tad high and legs look like they might be just a bit camped under.. again, if he is sound and working solidly, it is not important. While the peak of croup would lead one to believe he is butt hight, he is actually pretty level. Root of neck to point of buttock angle shows that.

Nice horse and you have done well with him.

How old is he? You mention him doing things for "years" which would lead one to believe he is smooth mouth.. maybe in his teens?
    11-24-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
Personally, id rather have a horse with a neck like that than a horse with a weak-muscled neck. In my opinion, either way the neck is the hardest area to gain & lose weight & muscle
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    11-24-2012, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
Is he gelded? Might be one that should not have been if he has been.
    11-24-2012, 03:46 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
Is he gelded? Might be one that should not have been if he has been.
And what is your thinking on this?
    11-24-2012, 08:42 PM
Green Broke
Horse has performed well and looks good in this photo. Depending on his lineage he might be a worthy stud. Have to understand APHA lines and those genetics. <shrug>
    11-24-2012, 08:53 PM
We clearly have different ideas on what is considered performing well enough to justify a breeding career, as well as stallion-quality conformation. Really nothing about this horse suggests he should have been kept a stallion.

I am sure the OP enjoys him and has had fun. Nothing wrong with that.
    11-25-2012, 01:22 AM
Have his feet been done recently?

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